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Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
28
Overall
32

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Key Specs

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F) lens
  • 305g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Introduced August 2012
Sony W290
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 57 x 23mm
  • Launched February 2009
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Samsung and Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the Galaxy Camera 3G (16MP) and W290 (12MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The Galaxy Camera 3G was unveiled 3 years later than the W290 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple summary of how the Galaxy Camera 3G matches up against the W290 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G over the Sony W290

 Galaxy Camera 3G W290 
LaunchedAugust 2012February 2009Fresher by 43 months
Display size4.8"3"Larger display (+1.8")
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W290 over the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 W290 Galaxy Camera 3G 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Display resolution230k0kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G and Sony W290

 Galaxy Camera 3G W290 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and size. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G has exterior dimensions of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") with a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs) and the Sony W290 has specifications of 98mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the Galaxy Camera 3G and the W290.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Galaxy Camera 3G and W290 is 90 and 94 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 top view buttons comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing only by checking out specifications. The graphic here may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the Galaxy Camera 3G and W290.

Plainly, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G to provide more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The newer Galaxy Camera 3G is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 sensor size comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Portrait photography advice
Sony W290 Portrait photography advice
30
good MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
27
manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Street photography highlights
Sony W290 Street photography highlights
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (305g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sports photography advice
Sony W290 Sports photography advice
45
long zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Travel photography factors
Sony W290 Travel photography factors
72
lighter than average in class (305 grams)
good MP (16 megapixels)
fairly wide (23mm)
great zoom (481mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
does not have Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
57
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Landscape photography features
Sony W290 Landscape photography features
47
fairly wide (23mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
lovely big screen (4.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
41
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Vlogging factors
Sony W290 Vlogging factors
37
fairly wide (23mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (305 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone jack
28
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have microphone jack
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G vs Sony W290 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G and Sony W290
 Samsung Galaxy Camera 3GSony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-08-29 2009-02-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip 1.4GHz Quad-Core -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution - 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-481mm (20.9x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-5.2
Macro focus range - 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 4.8 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 0 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed - 2s
Max shutter speed - 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed - 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 3.90 m
Flash options no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 305g (0.67 lbs) 167g (0.37 lbs)
Physical dimensions 129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") 98 x 57 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $606 $230